Family life

10 best communities to raise a family in Canada

In a brand new ranking, Maclean's factored in daycare costs and looked for communities with lots of children to find the best towns and cities for families.

By Maclean's

canoes and kayaks on the lake in a park Christophe Ledent/iStock

10. Ottawa, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,009 Percentage of families with children: 45% Percentage of population under age 15: 18% See more stats about Ottawa, Ont. here

A town concert with pumpkins City of Aurora

9. Aurora, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,130 Percentage of families with children: 57% Percentage of population under age 15: 18% See more stats about Aurora, Ont. here

a town fair in a park Deux-Montagnes

8. Deux-Montagnes, Que.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $175 Percentage of families with children: 45% Percentage of population under age 15: 17% See more stats about Deux-Montagnes, Que. here

a gorgeous peninsula by the lake Town of Vaudreuil-Dorion

7. Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $175 Percentage of families with children: 49% Percentage of population under age 15: 23% See more stats about Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que. here

A quaint street lined with businesses and trees P199/wikimedia

6. Russell, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,009 Percentage of families with children: 51% Percentage of population under age 15: 20% See more stats about Russell, Ont. here

Aerial shot of a suburb with a school in the middle SkyF/istock

5. Milton, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,130 Percentage of families with children: 60% Percentage of population under age 15: 25% See more stats about Milton, Ont. here

A kids' baseball game with a pink sunset in the background Town of Blainville

4. Blainville, Que.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $175 Percentage of families with children: 52% Percentage of population under age 15: 19% See more stats about Blainville, Que. here

a kid playing in a brightly coloured playground Town of Oakville

3. Oakville, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,130 Percentage of families with children: 56% Percentage of population under age 15: 18% See more stats about Oakville, Ont. here

a family biking on a trail by a river Town of LaSalle

2. LaSalle, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $868 Percentage of families with children: 52% Percentage of population under age 15: 18% See more stats about LaSalle, Ont. here

People flying kites and walking strollers in a park with blue skies City of Burlington

1. Burlington, Ont.

Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,156 Percentage of families with children: 47% Percentage of population under age 15: 17% See more stats about Burlington, Ont. here

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